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unpleasantness

[uhn-plez-uh nt-nis] /ʌnˈplɛz ənt nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being unpleasant.
2.
something that is displeasing or offensive, as an experience, event, or situation:
An unpleasantness made them ill-at-ease.
3.
an unpleasant feeling or sensation caused by disagreeable or painful stimuli.
Origin of unpleasantness
1540-1550
1540-50; unpleasant + -ness
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  • There seems to have been some unpleasantness between Augusta and Lady Byron during those ten weeks.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • As the stove grew hotter, the unpleasantness grew assertive.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • They dine, but they don't think of the dinner or the unpleasantness of the diners, and the grotesqueness of feeding in common.

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
  • The Professor, with a smile, thinks that he can obviate this unpleasantness.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • You would meet with no unpleasantness from any one concerned, and you can be with the fairy children.

    The Long Vacation Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for unpleasantness

unpleasantness

/ʌnˈplɛzəntnɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being unpleasant
2.
an unpleasant event, situation, etc
3.
a disagreement or quarrel
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